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COA Week 2017

Nacoa celebrates the 9th Children of Alcoholics Week in the UK from 12-18 February to reach out to the 1 in 5 children living with parental alcohol problems.

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Upfest 2016 – a Huge Success

Nacoa volunteers donated over 1,000 volunteer hours last weekend at Europe’s largest urban art festival, Upfest, helping to raise awareness and funds for children with a parent who drinks too much.

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25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Nacoa’s 25 year anniversary Gala was an evening of celebration which touched the hearts and inspired everyone to pledge support to children of alcoholics, to alleviate their loneliness, and reassure the fearful that they are not alone.

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Jeremy swims the Channel for Nacoa

Jeremy Irvine, lone Channel swimmer extraordinaire, completed his epic swim on September 19th, 2014, so that children struggling with parental alcohol problems know that they are not alone.

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COA Week 2016

The Right Hon. Liam Byrne MP presented the 2016 David Stafford Memorial Lecture in celebration of international Children of Alcoholics Week.

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Volunteers needed to join Nacoa at Upfest 2016

Since 2008, the synergy between Upfest and Nacoa has flourished into an opportunity to take the charity’s work onto the streets of Bristol, to recruit new volunteers and to reach out to everyone who needs help and support in the City in which it resides.

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Research participants needed. Scotland

Do you live in Scotland and want to take part in Sharon Greenwood’s study ‘On your own without a net? Experiences of young adults affected by parental substance use’?  Please contact Sharon direct: s.

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New Nacoa poster

Our new poster is now available online and in print. The ‘U R Not Alone’ image harmonises with everything we believe in and are passionate about – that children struggling with their parent’s alcohol problems should not suffer alone and in fear.

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COA Week 2015

From the 8-14 February 2015, Nacoa celebrated the 7th Children of Alcoholics Week in the UK in the same year that we celebrate our 25th birthday and continue to remain a friendly face reaching out to the 1 in 5 children in the UK living with parental alcohol problems.

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The seven Cs for COA Week

Every day of COA Week we will be sharing one of the seven Cs. The seven Cs are a list of things that are important for children affected by their parents’ drinking to remember.

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Medical Appointment Cards

Thanks to a generous donation, Nacoa is now advertised on thousands of medical appointment cards. Growing up with a parent who was an alcoholic made me grow up fast and take on the role of carer at a very young age.

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Nacoa training – Model of Good Practice

New Research Describes Volunteer Training as a “Model of Good Practice” A systematic review conducted by Dr Anna-Marie Barron finds that The Nacoa Volunteer Foundation Programme provides a training and service “greater” than the sum of its parts.

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The Truth about Leo

David Yelland became a Nacoa Patron in 2010 following the publication of his inspirational book highlighting the problems of growing up with a parent who drinks too much, ‘The Truth About Leo’.

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London Marathon

Nacoa stars Owen and Louis join Chef Michel Roux, Olympic rower Katherine Grainger and former footballer Michael Owen (along with over 37,000 others) in the 2014 London Marathon.

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Fire at Nacoa!

Due to a devastating fire at Nacoa UK, we’ve been unable to follow through on our plans to organise events to celebrate COA Week 2014.

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COA Week 2014

From the 9-15 February Nacoa is celebrating the 6th Children of Alcoholics Week in the UK, raising awareness of the millions of children being affected by their parents’ alcohol problems.

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Helpline experiences of a volunteer, Martin’s story

“Answering the phone to a distressed woman can be a difficult start, especially when she tells you that she has been conditioned to believe that her upbringing in an alcoholic family is ‘normal’ and never to talk to anyone outside the family about the ‘secret’.

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